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San Marino  1998 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Date 26 April 1998
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
4.933 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.627
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:29.345 on lap 48
First United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Scuderia Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1998 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Imola on April 26, 1998. The race was won by David Coulthard and represented his first win since the 1997 Italian Grand Prix.


Race Summary

It was back to business for McLaren in Qualifying, with Coulthard outpacing Häkkinen for Pole, and Ferrari's Schumacher and Eddie Irvine keeping things neat by qualifying third and fourth. However, the men in red had hoped for better, and had followed Tyrrell's lead in fitting 'side-wings' - x-shaped wings bolted atop the sideboards. But these appendages didn't produce enough of a gain to topple the McLarens and, with Jordan and Sauber also sprouting these peculiar side-wings the sport's governing body voted to ban them the day after the race, as they felt that they would be unsafe if a driver suffered a side-on impact.

The race was simplicity itself for Coulthard as he controlled proceedings ahead of Mika Häkkinen, with Schumacher split from Irvine by Jacques Villeneuve's Williams. But on lap 17 Häkkinen retired to the pits, and the garage door was immediately rolled down to conceal his problem. It later proved to be a gearbox failure.

Unaware of his team-mate's problem, Coulthard motored on ahead of Schumacher until the German emerged from his second stop and started to fly, eating into the Scot's 20-second advantage at a rate of a second per lap. Debris in a sidepod had sent Coulthard's oil cooler temperature soaring, and team boss Ron Dennis kept sprinting from the pit wall to the McLaren garage to check on the telemetry, so that Coulthard could be instructed how much he could afford to ease off to save his engine. Therefore, the Scot could every so often match Schumacher's pace, and he duly recorded the win. Irvine sent the Ferrari fans home happy by taking the final podium place, with the Williams duo of Villeneuve and Frentzen the only other unlapped runners.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 62 1:34:25.4 1 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +4.554 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 +51.775 4 4
4 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 62 +54.59 6 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 62 +1:17.476 8 2
6 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12 1
7 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 60 +2 Laps 9  
8 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 60 +2 Laps 19  
9 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 60 +2 Laps 14  
10 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 57 Hydraulics 7  
11 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 56 +6 Laps 13  
Ret 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 48 Engine 22  
Ret 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 40 Engine 15  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 34 Throttle 16  
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 27 Engine 21  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 18 Engine 18  
Ret 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 17 Gearbox 2  
Ret 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 17 Spun off 10  
Ret 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 17 Engine 5  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 12 Puncture 11  
Ret 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 8 Transmission 20  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 0 Spun off 17  

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 26
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 23
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 20
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 11
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49
2 Italy Ferrari 31
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 13
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 7
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  • Fastest Lap: Michael Schumacher 1m 29.345s
  • This was the only win in 1998 for David Coulthard
Previous race:
1998 Argentine Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1998 Spanish Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 San Marino Grand Prix
San Marino Grand Prix Next race:
1999 San Marino Grand Prix
Preceded by
1997 Australian Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

Succeeded by
1999 Malaysian Grand Prix


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